By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
At its regular session meeting on Wednesday morning, the Knox County fiscal court approved for next year the same property tax rate it has maintained for the past few years.
Magistrates and Judge/Executive J.M. Hall approved keeping the 10.9 cents per $100 value of real property, 24.42 cents per $100 value of personal property and 14.0 cents per $100 value of vehicles and motor boats.
Magistrates also approved the library tax rates at 5.8 cents on real property, 17.93 on personal property and 2.4 cents on motor vehicles and water craft. The soil conservation tax, which applies only to real property, was set at 1.6 cents. The extension service will receive 3.5 cents per $100 valuation on real property, 7.89 cents per $100 valuation on personal property and 2.24 cents per $100 valuation on motor vehicle and water crafts.
Taxes going to the health department are 4-cents per $100 valuation for property in all four categories. Knox County Schools tax rates were approved at 46.5 cents on both real and personal property, while motor vehicles and water craft was approved at 50.2 cents. The Artemus Fire Department maintained at 10.0 from the previous year.
“Again, the fiscal court does not set these, they are set by the state,” Hall said.
Nearly 1,800 tax bills should be mailed out to citizens shortly, according to Hall.
Citizens that pay their taxes during the month of October get a 2-percent decrease. Penalties for late taxes will not start till after the first of the year.
Other business discussed at the meeting included the approval of hiring Roy Brian Smith to Replace Ronnie Grubb in the road department at the county garage. Dolores Jordan and Debbie Mannins were also approved to be hired part-time at the 911 dispatch center. The hiring of Jennifer Warren to replace Ashley Kirk as executive secretary/fiscal court clerk was also approved by magistrates.
“She has been doing a great job since she started and we are glad to have her,” Hall said.
The appointment of Eli Broughton to the tax appeal board was also approved.
Final business concluded at the meeting was the passing of a resolution adopting a solid waste management plan for 2013 through 2017 as required by the state.
“Per state regulations, we are required to submit an update of the solid waste management plan,” Hall said.
Before the meeting’s close, Hall announced Fright Night hours, which are set for Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“The square will be blocked off as usual,” Hall said, adding that the time had been set for Tuesday so it would not interfere with church hours since the holiday fell on a Wednesday this year.